The Governor’s Office confirmed Monday that state Inspector General James Martin will retire from the agency in June.
“We are working with Jim Martin so that when he retires, we transition into a stronger agency,” spokesman Rob Godfrey said in a statement.
Martin could not be reached Monday, although his office said he would speak to South Carolina Radio Network on Tuesday. The Inspector General’s Office is tasked with investigating “waste, fraud, and abuse” in state agencies. Godfrey said Martin, already retired from the private sector, had only intended to guide the office through its infancy.
The announcement still caught many by surprise, especially as Martin was in attendance at a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day. Governor Nikki Haley had asked his office to review agencies’ security systems following a breach of Medicaid recipients’ personal information two weeks ago.